More than 700 have say on Coast's light rail plan

SUNSHINE Coast Council has received more than 700 submissions into a proposed light rail system between Caloundra and Maroochydore.

The submissions were made during a four-week public display period last month.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said alternative transport options were important for a sustainable future.

"It is reassuring that more than 85% of respondents were supportive of council's investigation into light rail," he said.

"There is still a long way to go, but the community's willingness to engage with council's investigation into light rail at this early stage is encouraging."

It is proposed that the light rail system would be supported by a frequent bus system to connect other communities and the hinterland.

Transport portfolio councillor Rick Baberowski said the opportunity for the community to comment was an important step in identifying a preferred route and a significant milestone for the project.

The council's light rail project team will review the feedback and prepare a report to council.

The report will include shortlisted routes for more detailed feasibility studies to examine engineering, planning implications, costs and timing.

Subject to feasibility and confirmation of funding commitments from other levels of government, construction of a light rail network could start in 2022.


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